Information regarding the 9/11 attacks began back in 1998 when CIA officer, Robert Baer, voiced concerns of an Al Qaeda cell located in Saudi Arabia. Officer Baer provided a definitive list of Al Qaeda terrorists, many whom were later identified for their involvement in the 9/11 attacks (Lyman & Potter, 2015). When the FBI began to actively investigate Bin Laden in January of 2001, the Bush administration demanded the FBI step back. Later in February, terrorism specialist, Richard Sale, noted that the National Security Agency had cracked encryptions used by Bin Laden and members of Al Qaeda (Lyman & Potter, 2015). In May of 2001, several million dollars in financial assistance was provided to the Taliban by the U.S. State Department (Lyman…show more content… Since the 9/11 attacks, there have been several well known attempts by Al Qaeda against the United States. In December 2001, airline passenger, Richard Reid, attempted to ignite explosive devices located in his shoes (Lyman & Potter, 2015). These devices were intended to destroy the entire aircraft. The plane was traveling from Paris to Miami and had to be rerouted to Boston. Fortunately, Mr. Reid was not successful in his attempts. As a result though, all passengers are now required to remove their shoes at airport security before boarding an aircraft (Lyman & Potter, 2015).
In May 2007, six men attempted to purchase dangerous weapons in an effort to assault U.S. soldiers at their army base in Fort Dix, New Jersey. These men actively participated in firearms training, acquired assault weapons, and closely observed the Fort Dix base (Lyman & Potter, 2015). The arrests were made possible by an FBI informant who had gathered a great deal of information on the men.
In November 2009, Army Major, Nidal Malik Hasan, attempted to kill multiple soldiers at Fort Hood in Texas. Mr. Hasan was successful in killing and injuring many innocent individuals (Lyman & Potter, 2015). Mr. Hasan was finally taken down after shots were fired by Sergeant Kimberly Munley and Sergeant Mark Todd. It was later alleged that Mr. Hasan was distraught about his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
In December 2009, airline passenger, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, attempted to